This silent historic newsreel begins with the arrival of prominent Nazis at Tempelhof Airport in honor of a national holiday. The exact date and event we're not sure -- so if you know please leave information in the comments. Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels is one of the welcoming committee at the airport. The scene then moves to a massive stadium, possibly the Berlin Olympic stadium, where a spectacular celebration and rally is undertaken. A large dirigible -- possibly the zeppelin... Topics: Berlin Tempelholf, Berlin, Airport, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goring, Adolf hitler, Newsreel, Nazi...
This color film, “Power and Promise—The Story of Shippingport” shows the development of Pennsylvania's Shippingport Atomic Energy Plant from the groundbreaking ceremonies on Labor Day 1954, when President Eisenhower waved an electronic wand in Denver to trigger a power shovel into operation at the site to dedication of the plant by the President. In addition to the construction problems, the film details the complexities of building the nuclear reactor and moving it into place through the... Topics: Nuclear Power, Pressurized Water Reactor, Pennsylvania, Atomic Energy Commision, Shippingport...
This silent German educational film details the formation of icebergs. An iceberg is a large piece of freshwater ice that has broken off a glacier or an ice shelf and is floating freely in open water. It may subsequently become frozen into pack ice (one form of sea ice). As it drifts into shallower waters, it may come into contact with the seabed, a process referred to as seabed gouging by ice.Because the density of pure ice is about 920 kg/m³, and that of seawater about 1025 kg/m³,... Topics: Educational film, Film, Detsche, Germany, German Language, Film
This segment of "Air Force Now" features the A-1 Skyraider in action inVietnam with the First Special Operations Squadron also known as the "Hobos". In this instance the Skyraider is seen flying cover for "Jolly Green Giant" rescue helicopters performing search and rescue operations.As American involvement in the Vietnam War began, the A-1 Skyraider was still the medium attack aircraft in many carrier air wings, although it was planned to be replaced by the A-6A... Topics: Douglas A-1 Skyraider, Aircraft, United States Air force, VNAF, Vietnamese Air Force
This WWII silent educational film was apparently prepared for viewing by civilians. We haven't deciphered the inter titles but the plot appears to be about the use of sand in fire fighting efforts. A bag of sand is shown to be extremely useful in the event that an incendiary device lands on an apartment building, and so people were encouraged to have one close at hand along with other fire fighting tools. Blackout curtains are also seen in the film, along with a frame (seen at about the 6... Topics: Air Raid Shelter, World War II, incendiary Device, Bomb, Film, Civil Defense
This historic German educational silent film shows the growing and harvesting of hops for beer production. Hops are the female flowers (also called seed cones or strobiles) of the hop plant, Humulus lupulus. They are used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, to which they impart a bitter, tangy flavor, though hops are also used for various purposes in other beverages and herbal medicine.In the Middle Ages, beers tended to be of a very low alcohol content (small beer). In... Topics: Beer, Hops, Germany, Ale, German Beer laws
This 1930s German educational film, Part 2 of 2 (we could not locate Part 1 unfortunately!), shows how to construct an airplane model from balsa wood, paper and glue. After adjusting for the center of gravity with weights, the finished product is then test flown by two young boys off a hill. In the early 20th century this type of model building was commonplace.Scale models in the 1920s and 30s, and even into the 1960s, were often made from paper (normal or heavy), balsa wood or card stock.... Topics: Wood, Woodturning, Model aircraft, Airplane, Deutsch
This historic German educational film shows flights of sailplanes or gliders. After World War I many gliders were built for sporting purposes in Germany, because of post-WWI regulations forbidding the construction and flight of motorized planes. As a result the country's aircraft enthusiasts often turned to gliders and were actively encouraged by the German government, particularly at flying sites suited to gliding flight like the Wasserkuppe.A glider or sailplane is a type of glider... Topics: Glider, Germany, Aircraft, Motor Glider, World War II, Gliding, Aircraft
This silent historic newsreel begins with the arrival of prominent Nazis at Tempelhof Airport in honor of a national holiday. The exact date and event we're not sure -- so if you know please leave information in the comments. Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels is one of the welcoming committee at the airport. The scene then moves to a massive stadium, possibly the Berlin Olympic stadium, where a spectacular celebration and rally is undertaken. A large dirigible -- possibly the zeppelin... Topics: Berlin Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, Newsreel, Joseph Boebbels, Hermann...
Made in 1936, "The Song of a Nation" is an historical featurette dramatizing the events that led to Francis Scott Key writing the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner." It stars Donald Wood as Francis Scott Key. The plot begins in Georgetown in 1814 where, lawyer Francis Scott Key believes the government is not doing enough to protect the country from the warring British. He is not afraid to air his views, unpopular amongst the military/political circle in which he... Topics: National Anthem, War 1812, Francis Scott Key
This World War II film dates from 1942 and shows how colleges across America were preparing students in support of the World War II effort. It shows a bygone era where being patriotic was something important. It includes footage of the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Dartmouth College, Cornell, UC Berkeley, and Purdue University. Includes many different shots of ROTC units and auxiliary formations, and shots of African American and female students taking on new roles for the war... Topics: Campus, World War II, Purde University, Texas A&M University, Cornell University, Dartmouth...
Made by the Ford Motor Company during WWII, "The Story of Willow Run" explains the company's role in producing the Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber. Narrated by Harry Wismer, the film explains how Ford manufactured and built B-24 Liberators under license from Consolidated Aircraft Company. Production rates were so great at the plant that a new B-24 rolled off the production line every 55 minutes.The plant began production in summer 1941; the dedication plaque is dated June... Topics: Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, Willow Run, Ford Motor, World War, Henry ford, Willow Run...
This rare German silent educational film, released during the 1930s by Hitler's Third Reich, shows the World War I career of Field Marshall von Hindenburg as well as the elaborate funeral (presided over by Hitler) following his death in 1934. The production of the film likely served two purposes for the Nazi state, in that #1 it celebrated the nation's military past and #2 it lionized the very person who aided Hitler in his 1933 consolidation of power known as the Machtergreifung.Paul Ludwig... Topics: Paul Von hindenburg, Field Marshall, World War I, World War, Gremany
In 1946, the U.S. War Department produced this twelve-minute film about the atomic bomb as part of the Army-Navy Screen Magazine, called "A Tale of Two Cities". The two cities were, of course, the devastated Japanese municipalities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The film begins with the Trinity test in the New Mexico desert in July 1945, noting that on that day, “the atomic age was born.” It then takes viewers on a tour of the ruins of the two devastated cities.In 1968, American... Topics: Atomic Bomb Of Hiroshima, A Tale Of Two Cities, Bomb, Hiroshima
This short silent German educational film shows an artillery battery being put into position by Wehrmacht forces. Interestingly the battery force has mounted troops, typical of the German Army which while heavily mechanized used horses for many important tasks. Once a position is scouted, troops emplace the gun and begin the work of camouflaging the position, while other soldiers work to obtain firing data and sighting. The artillery piece shown may be the 7.5 cm Feld Kanone 16 neuer... Topics: Artillery, Artillery Baterry, World war II, Wehrmacht, germany
Created during WWII, this silent educational film shows the German Fire Brigade in action battling what appears to be a building fire caused by an incendiary bomb. Unfortunately we don't speak German -- so hopefully some kind person will translate the title cards for us! Danke!This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for... Topics: Fire Fighters, civil Defense
Apparently made prior to World War II, this fascinating German educational film shows wargames between Red and Blue Armies, including the use of the hulking Dorner Do-23 bomber and biplane fighter & reconnaissance aircraft as part of the exercise. The Dornier Do 23 was a German medium bomber of the 1930s.The earlier Do 11 had exhibited several problems, so two initiatives were launched to address those shortcomings. The first resulted in the Do 13. The second effort was a more extensive... Topics: Luftwaffe, Wehrmacht
This silent German educational film shows the roles played by pilots, radiomen and gunners in the service of the German Luftwaffe. Although banned from producing aircraft and training pilots in large numbers by the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler's Germany quickly began to assemble an air force and made great strides in aviation technology. This film uniquely shows some of the training of the men recruited for the Luftwaffe, and was doubtless used in German schools to foster an interest in the... Topics: Luftwaffe, Adolf Hitler, hermann Goring
Produced during WWII or immediately before, this short silent film shows some of the training activities of the Fallschirmjäger, the paratrooper branch of the German Luftwaffe before and during World War II. They were the first German paratroopers to be committed in large-scale airborne operations and came to be known as the "green devils" by the Allied forces they fought against. Throughout World War II the Fallschirmjäger commander was Kurt Student.During World War II, the... Topics: World War II, paratrooper, Fallschirmager, Germany, Wehrmacht
This short silent German educational film shows a unit of German pioneers rapidly constructing a pontoon bridge over a river. A pioneer is a soldier employed to perform engineering and construction tasks. The term is in principle similar to sapper.Pioneers were originally part of the artillery branch of European armies. Subsequently, they formed part of the engineering branch, in the logistic branch, part of the infantry; or comprised a branch in their own right.Historically, the primary... Topics: Pontoon Bridge, German Army
This rare German film shows the World War I assault known as Operation Albion. This was the German land and naval operation in September–October 1917 to invade and occupy the West Estonian Archipelago, then part of the Autonomous Governorate of Estonia, Russian Republic. The land campaign opened with landings at the Tagalaht, Saaremaa on 11 October 1917, after extensive naval activity to clear mines and subdue coastal artillery batteries. The Germans secured the island by 16 October. The... Topics: World War, Estonia, Operation Albion, World War I, Germany
This rare silent film shows a trip down the Rhine River in Germany made in the 1930s by freighters and passenger ships, including a sidewheel vessel. Some terrific scenery is shown in the course of the film including castles, mountains and cities. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more... Topics: Rhine, Events Preceding World War II Europe
Created during WWII, this silent educational film shows the German Fire Brigade in action battling what appears to be a building fire caused by an incendiary bomb. Unfortunately we don't speak German -- so hopefully some kind person will translate the title cards for us! Danke!This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for... Topics: Fire-Fighters, Civil Defense
This short silent educational film shows activities of the Reichsarbeitsdienst (translated to 'Reich Labour Service', abbreviated RAD), a major organisation established by Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on German economy, militarize the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labor service, divided into separate sections for men and women. In some ways it could be compared to FDR's New Deal organizations such as the... Topics: Reichsarbeitsdienst, Labor Service, World War II, Germany, Deutsch
China: A Class By Itself An inside look at China working towards the goal of becoming a superpower by the year 2000 via education as the key to modernization. Filmed in Peking, on a rural commune in central China, and in the industrial northeast region, Jack Reynolds interviews Vice Premier Fang Yi and the president of Peking University, as well as students, workers, and peasants. Topic: China a class by itself
The World at War: 5--Barbarossa, June-December 1941 Russia's move into Romania brought her perilously close to Germany's only source of oil. Hitler's maneuvers include the signing of a pact with Russia and Japan, but his true ambition is revealed in the Russian campaign. Interviews with German soldiers who survived the campaign tell what it was like to have been sent out into Russia's 40-degree-below zero weather without winter clothing or proper equipment. Topic: The World at War 5 Barbarossa June December1941
Air Power is a historical educational television series broadcast in the 1950s over the CBS television network dealing with the rise of aviation as a military weapon. It starred Walter Cronkite as the narrator and featured a musical score by Norman Dello JoioIn this Episode Of Air power "Defeat Of Japan" Walter Cronkite narrates this documentary concerning the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the defeat of the Japanese in 1945. Elaborate preparations went into the... Topics: Atomic Bombing Of Hiroshima, Boeing-29 Superfortress, Episode
This rare German educational film from the WWII era shows civil defense training activities of the Hitler Youth (German: Hitlerjugend ), the youth organization of the Nazi Party in Germany. Its origins dated back to 1922. It includes paramilitary training on the use of gas masks, rendering first aid, fire fighting and so on. From 1933 until 1945, it was the sole official youth organization in Germany and was partially a paramilitary organization; it was constituted of the Hitlerjugend... Topics: Hitler Youth, Sulfer Mustard, Gas Mask, World War II, Adolf hitler
This fascinating silent color film from World War II shows a variety of rockets produced by the United States for use in the conflict. Many of these weapons were developed at Caltech, and the film shows some of the work done there to perfect these systems. Various launch platforms are shown including small craft such as the LCI and the LCM, and aircraft of various kinds including the Navy's Harpoon. The 5-inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rocket or FFAR was an American rocket developed during... Topics: World War II, Aircraft, Rocket, Folding Fin, High Velocity Aircracrt Rocket, privateer airplane
Roots: 4--The Slave, Part 2 Pride and homesickness continue to drive Kunta Kinte in his efforts to escape his new imprisonment. His brief encounter with freedom is met with pain as he is recaptured and returned to the farm where he is a slave. Topic: Roots 4 Part 2 - The Slave